Dolia Gonzalez
Dolia Gonzalez, mother of Sgt. Alfredo "Freddy" Gonzalez. (Center)

Court salutes Edinburg hometown hero with Proclamation in his honor

On the 50th anniversary of his heroic death, Commissioners Court honored local hero Sgt. Alfredo "Freddy" Gonzalez.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who placed the item on the agenda, said there will be several events commemmorating the fallen hero's life.

“As a veteran having served in the U.S. Army, it is an honor and pleasure to support the proclamation for Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez, proclaiming the 50th Anniversary in celebration of his heroic service, and also marking February 4th as the celebration day," said Palacios.

Accepting the proclamation was Gonzalez's mother Dolia Gonzalez and several friends.

There will be several events taking place honoring him, including an event at Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2; a service at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3; and at Hillcrest Memorial Park, located at 1701 E. Richardson Rd, on Sunday (time to be determined).

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Family with Commissioner Palacios
Dolia Gonzalez and family with Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios.

Michael Cano
Michael Cano, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLC

Delinquent tax collection report presented; tax sale set for Feb. 6

Representatives from Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson reported an increase in collections.

Partnering with LGBS has produced over $929,000 in collections for Hidalgo County.

"Our team is working hard, we appreciate our place in the county's infrastructure, and we thank you for all your support," said Kelly Rivera Salazar, a partner at LGBS. "We would also like to thank Renan Ramirez, and his staff in IT, for providing us with data on a timely manner."  

All Hazards Conference

All-Hazards Conference to take place March 28-29

Health and Human Services Chief Administrator Eduardo "Eddie" Olivarez requested approval to receive funds from the Department of State Health Services in the amount of $85,000.00 for the annual All-Hazards Conference. 

Nearly 50 years ago, in September 1967, Hurricane Beulah made land fall in the Rio Grande Valley causing devastating flooding that impacted our region for decades. Since that time, Hidalgo County and its regional partners have made great strides in emergency preparedness by working together and sharing resources. As technology improves and advances, Hidalgo County and surrounding agencies continue to train and educate themselves in order to be prepared for any future disaster.

The 2018 South Texas All Hazards Conference will provide a forum to advance the hurricane preparedness capacity for the Rio Grande Valley, discuss current trends and topics, and provide information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.

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Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host Senior Summit

Commissioners Court agreed to provide $2,500 to help with the annual Senior Summit, a free event that assists the senior community in the Rio Grande Valley with free medical screenings and informational booths of services to the seniors from the county, state and federal agencies.

The Senior Summit grew from 75 people two years ago, to 850 people last year. The event will take place on April 5, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Boggus Ford Events Center.

Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking here. You can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17 on cable.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6. 

The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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